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Microsoft’s Proposed Minecraft Buy: Digital Lego, or Another Fad?

blogs.wsj.com — As the WSJ's Evelyn Rusli reports, Microsoft is closing in on one of its boldest acquisitions in recent memory, with a proposed deal to buy Mojang, maker of the crazily-popular Minecraft game, for more than $2 billion. Microsoft's deal makes plenty of sense: Minecraft has built a huge and passionate base of users, who pay good money to play the game.

Can Big Ag Put the Cloud in the Crops Before Someone Else Does?

blogs.wsj.com — Another of the big agricultural giants has joined the race for software-powered farming. Via the WSJ's Jacob Bunge: Cargill Inc. is developing a software service that guides farmers on how to plant crops, a foray that pits the agricultural conglomerate against a host of rivals seeking to harvest reams of data to sell "prescriptive planting" technology in North America.

A New Starbucks, for Discerning Palates

blogs.wsj.com — When Starbucks helped kick off the espresso craze three decades ago, a big part of its appeal was as a higher-quality alternative to the mainstream coffee that drinkers had become accustomed to. Now, 20,000 stores later, Starbucks is as mainstream as coffee gets and an insurgency of specialty shops boasting ever more elaborate brews have claimed the gourmet throne.

Washington May Be OK With Inversions, but Are Consumers?

blogs.wsj.com — An iconic American brand takes over an iconic Canadian one, thus becoming Canadian for tax purposes? Burger King 's idea to buy Tim Hortons seems finely calibrated to annoy people on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. It could also turn the story of so-called inversion mergers - where a U.S.

One Thing That’s Consistent at Target Lately: Fewer Customers

blogs.wsj.com — Target's highest-profile problem this year has been dealing with the fallout of a massive hack of its computer systems. But the retailer is also dealing with a problem that could turn out to be much more expensive than the $148 million it set aside to deal with the data breach.

Home Depot Wants Less Print Ads, More ‘Interconnected Retail and Technology’

blogs.wsj.com — While Target and other big retailers are having a tough time getting more customers through the doors, Home Depot is having a better go of it: store traffic is up, and customers are spending more per visit. Yesterday, the company raised its full-year profit forecast. That's good news for Home Depot investors.

Bad Timing For Hertz: Rental Demand Rises, But So Do Auto Recalls

blogs.wsj.com — These are supposed to be the golden days for the rental car business, which after decades of consolidation has been whittled down to three giants that control 98% of the airport car rental market. Rather than the brutal competition of the past, analysts expected the big three to settle in to a new era of rising prices and higher profits.

The Artist’s Dilemma: Should You Pay To Play the Biggest Gig of All?

blogs.wsj.com — In terms of visibility, it's perhaps the biggest concert any musician will perform: halftime at the Super Bowl, with 115 million Americans watching-that's twice the size of the Oscars, or 11 times as many who might see your show at the MTV Video Music Awards.

McDonald’s Newest Product: You Can’t Eat It, and It’s Not Sold at McDonald’s

blogs.wsj.com — Via BurgerBusiness.com: McDonald's Corp. will announce today that its long-awaited, full-tilt entrance into the $11 billion-plus U.S. retail coffee market will take place early next year when it rolls out McCafé coffee in ground, whole-bean and single-cup forms through a partnership with Kraft.

In Court: Next-Generation Cigarette vs. Next-Generation Cigarette Lighter

blogs.wsj.com — Newport-maker Lorillard owns the Blu range of e-cigarettes, the most popular brand of electronic cigarette in America. And lighter maker Zippo owns the Blu range of cigarette lighters. You can probably imagine where this is going.
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